Parks and Recreation

The Department of Parks & Recreation maintains four parks and two recreational facilities. It offers a wide range of programs including aerobics, belly dancing, adult softball, tee-ball, coach-pitch youth baseball, tae kwon do, swimming lessons, a summer camp, a fitness program, youth basketball, senior programs, kickboxing, Zumba, ballet, gymnastics, adult basketball league, and other activities. Department offices are located at the Social Center, 8320 Ruthville Road. Call 804) 652-1601 for current information on classes and programs. Pets are not allowed in any county parks or recreational facilities.

Charles City County Social Center

8320 Ruthville Road

The Social Center is situated on ten acres in Ruthville. It includes two softball fields (one lighted), basketball and tennis courts, a concession stand with restrooms and a swimming pool. The playground area includes picnic tables, grills and a horseshoe pit.

(804) 652-1601

Harrison Park

5201 Harrison Park Road

Harrison Park is a 19-acre community athletic park with a short bike/jogging trail, a picnic pavilion, two small shelters, two tennis courts, a football/soccer field, a basketball court, a playground, and a tot lot.

Hillside Park

10600 Courthouse Road

This small picnic area located on the edge of Courthouse Creek below the Neighborhood Facility includes picnic tables, grills and a foot trail on 1.5 acres.

Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Park

12400 & 12580 Willcox Wharf Road

Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Park is a 24-acre site located on the James River and accessible from Route 5 via Willcox Wharf Road. Its amenities include a picnic area, comfort station, fishing and birding pier, a short swamp boardwalk leading to a wooded trail, and a boat ramp. The park is home to eagles, blue heron and other waterfowl.

Mt. Zion Park

14330 Willcox Neck Road

Located adjacent to Charles City County Fire Station #3 this small park includes playground equipment; grills, picnic tables and restrooms.

Ruthville Gymnasium Complex

13100 The Glebe Lane

The old Ruthville High School is now home to the Fitness Center and the Gymnasium.

Fitness Center includes two physical fitness rooms equipped with treadmills, bikes, and weight benches and one aerobics room. Please call (804) 652-1601 for more information about ongoing fitness classes.

Hours: Mon – Fri 8 am to 8pm, Sat 8 am to 12 noon.

Fitness Center Fees:

Residential Fees:
Individual Monthly Fee — $20.00
Family Monthly Fee — $30.00
Charles City County Employees & Students (age 16 and older) – Free
Charles City County Senior Citizens – Free

Non-Residential Fees:
Individual Monthly Fee — $30.00
Family Monthly Fee — $50.00

Open Gym is held on Tuesday nights, November through May, from 6:00-8:00pm. Please contact the Recreation Department (804) 652-1601 for information on Open Gym. The Gymnasium Complex is not available for rentals.

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Please note: Pets are not allowed in any county parks or recreational facilities.